Winter 2023-2024: COMFORT & JOY

“The insight that joy can arise from discomfort like a lotus from mud
is supported by another: that our lives, and the universe in which we live them, are meaningful and good, and that realization of this can bring comfort and joy in equal measure.”

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Coronavirus: A New Responsibility, by Lee van Laer

ByLee van LaerMar 19, 2020
Coronavirus: A New Responsibility, by Lee van Laer

Photograph by Lee van Laer   In the midst of our anxiety and our reaction to the danger of infection, life seems somewhat surreal—compelling, distracting.…

A Free Gift for You in These Challenging Times

ByBetsy CornwellMar 19, 2020
A Free Gift for You in These Challenging Times

These are challenging times for all of us. We at Parabola are offering a free PDF of our “Alone and Together” issue to anyone who…

Whence Cometh Our Help: An Exploration with Roger Lipsey (Video)

ByBetsy CornwellFeb 18, 2020
Whence Cometh Our Help: An Exploration with Roger Lipsey (Video)

Is there such a thing as deciduous ideas? Ideas that have had their season. Some flare into color as a last statement of themselves, others…

Sheela Na Gig, by Betsy Cornwell

ByBetsy CornwellJan 21, 2020
Sheela na gig grotesque, Pixabay license

She lives on the lintels and doorways of churches all over Europe, especially in Ireland. She looks out in defiance from the stone in which…

The Very Rev. James Parks Morton (1930-2020)

ByJeff ZaleskiJan 8, 2020
The Very Rev. James Parks Morton (1930-2020)

The Very Rev. James Parks Morton (1930-2020). Photo: Parabola regrets the passing of James Parks Morton. He served for many years…

Parabola Podcast Episode 42: Goddess

ByBetsy CornwellNov 6, 2019
Parabola Podcast Episode 42: Goddess

The Descent offers a chance to look clearly at tired habits of thought and action. A woman may finally admit to an addiction or see…

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The Golden Rule Pledge

All life strives to incorporate the principle of the Golden Rule. Directing our attention toward understanding this most basic principle gives us a reasonable, common sense, and compassionate direction in anything we do. Remembering to use the Golden Rule in our own lives transforms our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with planet Earth.


1stStrive and Incorporate: I will strive to understand the meaning of the Golden Rule for myself and how I wish to incorporate it in my life, recognizing that this effort is sometimes hard and yet always helpful. This is my pledge.

2ndInvite and Request: I will invite others to do the same: live by the Golden Rule. We can change the world for the better when we apply the Golden Rule in all organizations: environmental, civic, legal, economic, educational, political, or social entities, including religious and faith traditions. This is my petition.

3rdStand in Unity: I will join with those on this planet who wish to take real responsibility toward compassion and fairness; and to build an understanding with others about what is to be done based upon the principle of the Golden Rule. Simply stated,

Treat others and the Earth the way you want to be treated

Respect for All Life is the foundation.
The Great Law of Peace, Native American

The Golden Rule Project will continuously make the results of this pledge/petition/proclamation available for all to see and utilize. The more of us who agree and sign, the more power we share as we petition our representatives to live by and apply the Golden Rule in real life situations. This is our Proclamation.